The news that Indiana Governor Mike Pence has caved-in to the radical homosexual lobby and is readying amendments to Indiana's just-passed Religious Freedom Restoration Act, and that Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson has demanded changes to a similar bill that just passed both houses of that state's legislature, has provoked a predictable storm of outrage on the right.
But the betrayal of conservative principles, and their conservative supporters, by two elected officials who sold themselves to the public as limited government constitutional conservatives and supporters of traditional values really should not come as a surprise to conservatives.
The cowardly and regrettable retreat of Pence and Hutchinson in the face of pressure from the radical homosexual lobby is indicative of a problem we face throughout our culture, and especially in the conservative movement, and that is a lack of moral courage in the face of pressure from those who seek to destroy our culture, our rule of law, and our liberty – those things that have kept secure the God-given rights exercised by those who seek to make America weaker and less exceptional. . more >>
In the midst of an ongoing email scandal, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is being treated with kid gloves by House Republicans.
Democrats know how to use a scandal like Watergate or Iran-Contra to their political advantage. In contrast, Republicans are notoriously cautious about aggressively investigating scandals involving Democrats.
In this case, Hillary Clinton likely circumvented the Federal Records Act by using a private email system. After a subpoena, she destroyed 30,000 emails and wiped a server "clean" after refusing to provide it to an independent investigator. She claimed the server did not suffer any security breaches, but no outside arbiter was allowed to verify that statement. Along with her associates, she determined which of the 60,000 emails she sent during her tenure as Secretary of State would be presented to the State Department. more >>
British Prime Minister David Cameron has written an Easter Message where he said that even though he can't call himself a "model church-going, God-fearing Christian," he relies strongly on his faith, and believes that Christianity is "the bedrock of a good society."
Some, such as Madeleine Teahan, the associate editor of the Catholic Herald, have said that the message is an attempt to "woo Christians" ahead of the general elections.
Cameron wrote in an article for Premier Christianity that all people can celebrate the values of Easter, which he identified as "compassion, forgiveness, kindness, hard work and responsibility." more >>
Terror group al-Qaeda has reportedly freed close to 300 prisoners in Yemen as it battles for control over territory. Houthi rebels have meanwhile stormed the presidential palace in Aden, despite airstrikes by a Saudi-led coalition seeking to protect what it says is a legitimate government.
The Telegraph reported on Thursday that while the identity of those freed from Al Mukalla prison is not yet clear, several reports have said they include well-known jihadis.
Houthi rebels, supporting former Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh, took over the capital of Sanaa in 2014, and are looking to overthrow the rule of President Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi, who insists he's still in power. more >>
WASHINGTON — Evangelical churches need to focus more on preaching biblical truth in order to prepare children to defend historic Christian teachings on social issues like same-sex marriage and abortion from the "distorted" theology being propagated by the Christian left, evangelical author Chelsen Vicari said Wednesday.
At a Family Research Council discussion on her new book, Distorted: How The New Christian Left is Twisting the Gospel and Damaging Faith, Vicari explained that as more mainline Protestant denominations are starting to affirm same-sex relationships and other issues that Christ has labeled as sinful, young Evangelicals are susceptible to caving in and embracing the liberal agenda that they encounter on college campuses and in youth groups, because they don't know enough about the Scripture to defend its guiding principles.
Vicari, who's the evangelical program director at the Institute on Religion and Democracy, shared her own story about how when she was going through her undergraduate studies, her strong conservative Christian convictions were tested and ostracized by left-leaning Christian groups on campus. She eventually folded her convictions to believe that it's acceptable for Christians to be accommodating toward sinful behavior, such as homosexuality. more >>
Debates over Indiana's new religious freedom law illustrate that gay marriage supporters now generally don't support certain basic religious freedom protections. There are some exceptions, however.
Here are three gay marriage-supporting law professors who still support religious freedom:
Daniel O. Conkle more >>